A true ‘landscape’ project, Onehunga foreshore project is about creating land and habitat and has three simple objectives: recreate the harbour edge, re-establish the mana of the coast by creating new places for people and new habitats for flora and fauna, and reconnect people with the sea by spanning the wide expanse of the motorway.
At Taumanu Reserve, the key moves have been to acknowledge and build on the existing volcanic landscape, replicate the original coastal cliff alignment by displacing the line to the seaward side of the motorway, build a new coastal-edge landscape behind it and connect the coastal edge via a new pedestrian and cycle bridge.
A new crossing, Taumanu Reserve Bridge, is a low, elegant pedestrian bridge designed to be of the land. Throughout the project, the influence and guidance exercised by a Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Working Group underpinned the grounding of the Onehunga project in its cultural context through the application of mātauranga Māori into project processes and some of the physical manifestations, such as the bridge’s artwork.
The interior paneling was the result of collaboration with artist Bernard Makoare, and abstracts ideas about tides, fish scales, the patterning of mudflats and spiral shells. One side of the bridge has a hardwood timber balustrade – a reference to the maritime history and construction of the nearby port; the other balustrade integrates the timber cladding with the bridge’s steel truss, a subtle reference to the form of flax, which once grew abundantly on this coast.
David Irwin, Sean Burke, Nada Stanish, Alan England, Matt Jones, Travis McGee,
Danbi Park, George Woolford
Tonkin & Taylor
Bernard Makoare (artist)
Smith & Davies
2017 NZILA Te Karanga o te Tui
2017 International Federation of Landscape Architects, Outstanding Award Parks & Open Space
2017 International Federation of Landscape Architects, Outstanding Award Infrastructure
2016 Best Awards, Public and Institutional Spaces (silver pin)
2016 Winner WAN Transport Award